Posts Tagged ‘hill’

The Strongest Frisco Rainbow I’ve Ever Seen – No Filter – From Back When They Called Strybing Arboretum Strybing Arboretum

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

This kind of thing is why I continue to call our San Francisco Botanical Garden the Strybing Arboretum.

Anyway, here’s your single rainbow, all the way, as seen near Heidelberg Hill, back when everybody called Strybing Strybing:

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This shot doesn’t look very SF, but there you go…

Party Poopers Put Up a Sign at California and Mason – Simple “HILL” on Nob Hill Replaced with “LOW GROUND CLEARANCE”

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Back in my day, a simple say saying “HILL” was all that prevented out of towners with long vehicles from high centering, and that was the way we liked it!

But these days, we get a graphic graphic:

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The signs I can see online all have railroad tracks and just three lighting bolts, so maybe this is a custom job…

Ah, mem’ries:

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Alamo Square Poo Volcano: If It Looks Like Toilet Paper on the Streets of San Francisco, IT IS

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Frisco infrastructure:

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On the sidewalks of NoPA, just below the HSC:

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And don’t forget about the Financh and the Upper Haight – you’ll see this kind of thing in those areas as well.

Oh well…

WALDO GRADE: Don’t Tell the Skateboarders of Dolores Park that This is What 101 North Looks Like During a Marathon

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This is Marin County down the hill from the Robin Williams / Rainbow / Waldo Tunnel and up the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge during the 2017 San Francisco Marathon:

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And here’s how fast you can go on a small hill.

And if you started on the other side of the tunnel, you’d have a mile of downhill skating (before you killed yourself).

Anyway, it’s rare to see such an empty, hilly stretch of freeway in the daytime…

Last Year, SFPD Cops in the Mission District ENABLED Skateboard Bombing at Dolores Park – This Year NOT – Why is That?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Last year:

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Instead of shutting it down, the police actually blocked off motorized vehicular traffic for an hour or so. They even moved their blockade from 20th street to 21st, allowing everyone to smash down the hill from the top. With all of the recent chaos in the world going on, this was a nice change of interaction between the public and the police.”

The cops treated a hill bomb like a Critical Mass event.

But this year:

So what’s the diff?

Frisco’s Highest Elevator Car

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Here it is:

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I don’t think it ever gets level, so you’re standing on a sloping floor the whole time:

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And then you go up up up to the highest horizontal point of Sutro Tower:

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I haven’t seen it in action lately, but here’s a shot from aught-four:

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And more recently:

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Or you can take the stairs I guess…

East Bay Update: JESUS SAVES, on a Hill, 200 Yards Tall, Sometimes Lit Up at Night

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Lights out in 2010 but it’s all lit up in 2017. See?

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This thing is huge – you can’t miss it.

Outrageousness: New Extreme Sport Allows Euros to Skateboard Down Our Cable Car Tracks – Video – “Probably Illegal”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

[UPDATE: All the deets here, including the expected stern reaction from our generally-mismanaged SFMTA MUNI DPT.]

Here the video, de la Mecanique Populaire:

These Skaters Hacked Cobblestone Streets With Boards That Hook Into Tram Tracks – Their ingenious innovation created a new extreme sport.

And a few screengrabs. Any cable car bell ringing you might hear is an admonishment – “Hey Euro, stop that,” one imagines:

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What’s funny is that Dude has a big old handbrake for our extra steep Cable Car hills, but not anywhere else he has journeyed:

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Play us out, PM:

“Their innovation has spread around the world, to cities with tram tracks from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, creating a new extreme sport. Skating like this looks pretty dangerous, and we’d guess that hijacking tram tracks like this is also probably illegal. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun.”

Oh, here it is on YouTube: Cobblestone Riders

Seems a bit corporate

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Recalling (Again) the Close Call United Flight 863 had with Mount San Bruno Back in 1998

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Here’s an excellent report from the WSJ back in 1999.

And here’s a more better photo than I had in back in aught-nine:

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Same mountain, same antennas, same general direction for the plane (except the 1998 incident occurred at night and with fog/clouds).

Anyway, United Airlines took things seriously and aviation is the better for it…

The Wild Parrots Not of Telegraph Hill – As Seen Over the Eucalyptus of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:

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Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:

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FAQ

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And some shots from the Aughts